Marijuana Addiction Treatment
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, referred to by a large variety of names including pot, dope, weed, grass, and hash. The increasing social acceptance of marijuana makes it one of the most difficult drugs to give up in today’s society. Many people with an addiction do not feel as though they have a problem, and in many cases the people around them do not see it as a life-threatening problem either.
While there are a great number of people who can control the amount and frequency at which they use marijuana, those who need to seek treatment for a marijuana addiction are predominantly individuals who chronically use marijuana on a daily basis. Usually, they have attempted to quit on their own or promised they would stop using, only to find that they were unable to do it on their own.
If you or a loved one is in need of marijuana addiction treatment, Destination Hope is ready to help you achieve sobriety. The first step begins with detox. Our marijuana treatment specialists can connect you with a detox center that will help you undergo medically supervised detox so you can enter our facilities free of drugs and any other substances.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a mixture of dried flowers, leaves, and stems from the plant Cannabis Sativa. The marijuana plant contains the mind-altering chemical THC along with other similar compounds which have physical and psychological effects on the user. THC acts on specific brain cell receptors that ordinarily react to natural THC-like chemicals. These natural chemicals play a role in normal brain development and function. Marijuana over-activates parts of the brain that contain the highest number of these receptors. This causes the “high” that people feel.
Marijuana Addiction Symptoms
Signs of marijuana addiction will depend on how much, how often, and how long a person has been using. Additionally, there may be physical, psychological, and behavioral signs of substance abuse.
- Feeling “stoned” or “high”
- Feelings of surreality
- Sense of well-being
- Slowed speech
- Intense hunger – “the munchies”
- Dry mouth – “cotton mouth”
- Impaired judgment
- Giggles and laughter
- Impaired ability to sleep
- Red eyes
- Increased coughing
- Increased phlegm production
- Increased respiratory infections
- Impaired coordination
- Impaired reaction time
- Blood vessels in eyes expand
- Bronchial passages relax and enlarge
- Heart attack
Marijuana has a highly addictive potential due to its accessibility and pleasurable effects, and it is a slippery slope between use, abuse, and addiction. After a sufficient period of use, the addict will become dependent on marijuana.
Addiction to marijuana is associated with marijuana withdrawal syndrome, which is largely similar to that of nicotine withdrawal. It tends to begin a day or two after quitting use of the drug, and peaks about one week after the last usage. Withdrawal symptoms of marijuana include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Craving marijuana
- Major depression
- Suicidal ideation
Withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous and extremely uncomfortable. Before entering rehab, addicts will need to complete a supervised detox. During this type of detox, a medical team will supervise your symptoms so that you can be free of drugs as safely and comfortably as possible. From there, you will transition to an addiction treatment program.
Destination Hope can connect you with a detox center so you can take the first step in recovery and enter our marijuana treatment program. Call 866-756-HOPE (4673) to get started.
Marijuana affects brain development. When a person uses marijuana excessively for a long period of time, the drug may impair thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions.
As tolerance of the drug increases, an addict will begin to use more frequently and in larger doses. The long-term use of cocaine can lead to:
- Impaired memory
- Impaired cognitive abilities
- Increased (possible) risks for lung cancer
- Worsens schizophrenia symptoms in individuals with schizophrenia
- Personality disturbances
- Amotivational syndrome
- Suicidal ideation
Long-term users may struggle with heart arrhythmia, headaches, ulcers, abdominal pain, and more. If a user injects the drug, they may also suffer from collapsed veins or allergic reactions.
Getting Marijuana Addiction Help
Treatment for marijuana addiction will include a range of therapies to help an addict quit forever. Following a successful detox, behavioral therapies can help an addict become aware of their patterns in using and find ways to modify them so they live a sober life. Family therapy, counseling sessions, group therapy, and more may also be utilized.
Co-occurring disorders, such as depressive disorders, post-traumatic stress, bipolar, or schizophrenia are also treated during this time.
As marijuana is extremely easy to fall back into using, our team of marijuana addiction treatment professionals will help recovering addicts find and use coping skills that will prevent relapse. Former addicts will learn how to overcome craving, resist temptations, and make lifestyle changes. Engaging in aftercare programs and support groups give individuals the best chance of maintaining their sobriety and remaining successful in their recovery.
Destination Hope offers both inpatient and intensive outpatient marijuana addiction treatment programs. When you decide to enter marijuana rehab, our admissions specialists will determine which program will be best for you. Ongoing treatment is crucial for staying sober long term, which is why we offer a variety of programs that will help former marijuana addicts stay focused on sobriety.
You’re only one step away from conquering a marijuana addiction. Contact Destination Hope to get started on your path to recovery.
Call 866-756-HOPE (4673).